577: In this interview, Janet Sherlock, Chief Information Officer of Ralph Lauren, explains her purview as CIO and how the company’s Flexible Work Arrangement and virtual stores put the company in a stronger position going into the COVID-19 Pandemic. Janet debriefs some of the learnings and silver linings from the pandemic, specifically on how it accelerated a streamlining of processes; why those changes won’t go away any time soon; and how ingenuity, innovation, architecture, and agility are key to Ralph Lauren’s continued success. She emphasizes Ralph Lauren’s strategic focus on experience, data, and automation. Finally, we discuss lessons on recruiting for board-level positions, balancing her doctoral candidacy with career and family, and trends that she is looking forward to.

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This episode is sponsored by Tanium.

495: ADP Corporate Vice President and Chief Product and Technology Officer Don Weinstein

  • ADP’s history as one of the earliest cloud companies
  • Why the company has shifted from embracing the private cloud to the public cloud. 
  • The innovation labs the company has created
  • How the larger ADP organization draws new practices from the innovation labs
  • Why one of the hardest challenges that any organization has is not identifying new ideas that have promise, but cancelling the ones that do not show value.
  • How a partial reopening of offices could negatively impact productivity and agile methodologies
  • Some of ADP’s efforts around diversity and inclusion
  • How artificial intelligence algorithms can actually reinforce historical bias

Among a variety of other topics.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho.

Verizon Global CIO Shankar Arumugavelu discusses 

  • His role as the Global CIO of Verizon
  • The five questions embedded in the company’s IT strategy, and the company’s approach to change management
  • How the company transitioned to a remote workforce 
  • The framework the company developed to guide it through the pandemic
  • Shankar’s front row seat in Verizon’s technological evolutions over the past 20+ years
  • The three prongs to the company’s 5G strategy
  • How the company uses AI

Among a variety of other topics.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho.

485: Ally Chief Information Data and Digital Officer Sathish Muthukrishnan discusses

  • Sathish’s three-pillared IT strategy, which is focused on driving customer value, creating a compelling financial trajectory for all its shareholders and investors, and executing that through great culture
  • The company’s transition to a mobile workforce due to the pandemic 
  • Sathish’s experience being onboarded largely in quarantine
  • The approach Sathish used to create his data strategy
  • What he has learned from his prior experiences as CIO

Among a variety of other topics.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho.

484: Lenovo CISO Jason Ruger discusses:

  • How Jason has navigated working with three variations of the same company
  • How Lenovo operates as a global firm
  • The pandemic’s impact on the company
  • How the fact that Lenovo has a major manufacturing operation in Wuhan, China led to early warnings as to the issues that arose related to COVID-19
  • How the pandemic has led to a 3x increase in cyber attacks and the methods Jason and his team have undertaken to counteract them
  • Jason’s CIO and CISO responsibilities and how he segments his thoughts processes related to each

Among a variety of other topics.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho.

483: NetApp CIO Bill Miller discusses

  • Bill’s purview as the CIO of NetApp
  • How the company works with external partners to build capabilities
  • How the company acts as an internal first user
  • The Cloud One Platform and The DevOps framework the company has built 
  • How the company works with external partners to build capabilities 
  • Bill’s view on how COVID-19 will impact the world in the long term 
  • The importance of CIOs getting advantages out of data 
  • The biggest threats to CIOs today

Among a variety of other topics.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho.

481: Marstercard President of Operations & Technology Ed McLaughlin discusses

  • How Ed balances innovation with risk mitigation 
  • How security can be used as a strategic weapon
  • Ed’s thoughts on the current pandemic, including how it will result in a permanent shift in certain behaviors 
  • Why bold pronouncements about the future of work can’t be made just yet.
  • Ed’s view on blockchain
  • Mastercard’s lab group, whose job is to investigate new technologies

Among a variety of other topics.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho.

476: Unqork CEO Gary Hoberman discusses:

  • An overview of no code
  • Why Gary left the CIO rank
  • Why the metrics that gauge success or lack thereof for IT departments are flawed
  • How companies need to reward their technologists based on the value they achieve, rather than being on time and on budget
  • Why Gary believes that you can always improve a big company,
  • Advice Gary has for others looking to leave large companies and start their own
  • Some of the groundbreaking things Unqork has done with large enterprises

Among a variety of other topics.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho.

475: Commonwealth Bank of Australia CIO Pascal Boillat discusses:

  • Pascal’s 6-pillared IT strategy
  • Advantages Pascal gains having technology and operations disciplines under his purview
  • Some of the innovation efforts Commonwealth Bank is undergoing.
  • Why working remotely due to COVID-19 was even more of a transition for Australians than other parts of the world 
  • The tech landscape in Australia 
  • How the company works with other FinTechs
  • Pascal’s take on quantum computing, AI, and the cloud

Among a variety of other topics.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho.

In this interview, Woven CEO Tim Campos discusses:

  • The genesis story of Woven
  • The most successful go to market model for productivity software
  • Why Woven decided not to directly compete with Apple, Microsoft, and Google
  • How Tim has built his team at Woven
  • How the CIO role prepared Tim for the CEO role
  • Three elements that are needed to start a company successfully
  • How Tim has managed during this time of crisis
  • Tim’s experience on boards

Among a variety of other topics.

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This episode is sponsored by Zoho.